Biggs: Sharper top UFA for Saints

The New Orleans Saints have decisions to face, starting with what to do with nine unrestricted free agents, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Safety Darren Sharper is easily the biggest name of the bunch and Triplett predicts the market for the veteran will be “much more competitive” than it was last year when the Saints landed him on a $1.7 million, one-year contract. It would only take one more team in the process to make it more competitive as the Saints were the only team angling for Sharper last spring. Thus, the bargain price.

Sharper is 34 and while he had a Pro Bowl season, his game also has weaknesses. Anyone recall Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai leaving him grasping for air in the first half of the Super Bowl?

Sharper turned out to be a very good fit for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the two need one another. Tied for sixth right now in career interceptions with 63, another strong season from Sharper (he had 9 this year) would move him into third-place by himself. Ahead of him right now are Ken Riley (65), Dick “Night Train” Lane (68) and recent Hall of Fame inductee Rod Woodson (71).

Triplett notes the Saints could place the franchise tag on Sharper at a cost of $6.455 million. That seems to be far too much to pay a safety in the twilight of his career.

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